This post was originally published on Publisher's Weekly. I’ve already written about how Gene Luen Yang’s Reading Without Walls Challenge made me love comics and graphic novels. Is it possible that he could make me love basketball as well? I have to be honest, basketball is not my game. It all happens too fast, and I’m … Continue reading BookKids: Did Gene Luen Yang Make Me Love Basketball?
Calling all gamers and thrill-seekers! We've been highly anticipating Dragon Ops, a new exciting middle grade release by Austin-based author Mari Mancusi! We even revealed the awesome cover here, along with some creative cover proposals from young readers at last year's Summer Reading Splash. We're also excited to host the author Mari Mancusi along with … Continue reading BookKids: Welcome to DRAGON OPS!
We're thrilled to share a review of Madeline Miller's Circe written by one of the newest members of the Teen Press Corps, Ava. This review was originally published in the TPC blog, where you can read thoughtful reviews, author interviews, & more from these Austin teen readers! When it comes to the recent publication of … Continue reading Teen Thursday: CIRCE Review from Teen Press Corps!
They’ve Come for Your Guts I named my in-store display ‘They’ve Come for Your Guts’ because each of these writers took my guts in loving, weathered hands and twisted, tweaked, polished, pinched, and molded them into something a little different than what they were before. On one level, I’m saying that the experience of reading … Continue reading They’ve Come for Your Guts
Ocean Songs, by Ethan Rutherford is likely my favorite thing from Covered with Fur so far. The language is startlingly beautiful and highly Melville-esque. I mean, the first chapter is: "Before we were swimmers we were men. In the Morning and cramped it were our hunger that turned, and before us the Quaker laid the sea and … Continue reading weekend reading
Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher reviewed by Andrew H. A novel full of letters of recommendation? I did not really know what to expect from Julie Schumacher's Dear Committee Members, but I'm glad I picked it up on a whim. The writer of these letters, Jay Fitger, is a hopeless, self-righteous narcissist whose life … Continue reading Review: Dear Committee Members
~Post by Arian B. Sometimes there are occurrences in our lives that leave such an impact on us, we are forever changed by them. A big metaphorical wooden fence dividing what we were before it happened, and what we became after. The amount we are affected varies based on the event, but nonetheless we are changed. … Continue reading BookPeople Review: AN UNTAMED STATE
~post by Katie G. Cover to Reel is a regular column in which I offer my two cents about that age-old debate about whether or not a movie did any kind of justice to the book it's based on. Blue is the Warmest Color (or, La Vie d'Adele - Chapitres 1 & 2) on DVD … Continue reading Cover to Reel: BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
Book: Lamb by Bonnie Nadzam Reviewed by: Nolan You'd be hard pressed to find a review for Bonnie Nadzam's debut novel(la) that doesn't draw comparrisons to Lolita. And judging from the premise, it's not unusual. Middle age David Lamb's minorly successful life seems to be falling apart. Meanwhile he befriends 11-year-old girl, Tommie, and in … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Lamb’ by Bonnie Nadzam
The Murakami Project: Each week leading up to October 25th, the on-sale date of Haruki Murakami's long-awaited 1Q84 in its English translation, a different BookPerson will review one of Murakami's previous titles. Folks who haven't read Murakami yet can familiarize themselves with what the book world will be buzzing about come October (and maybe discover … Continue reading The Murakami Project: Brian Reviews ‘A Wild Sheep Chase’